Police Woman: Season 2, Episode 5

The Chasers (10 Oct. 1975)

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Ian McShane plays an insurance scammer and Ida Lupino is his partner. They fake and contrive accidents to collect the dough. Pepper "foils" a purse-snatching by getting knocked-down in a ... See full summary »

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Ian McShane plays an insurance scammer and Ida Lupino is his partner. They fake and contrive accidents to collect the dough. Pepper "foils" a purse-snatching by getting knocked-down in a parking lot, falling in a pool and getting hit by a truck within a matter of a few seconds. In the hospital with a rag on her head, Pepper overhears the ambulance chasers pressuring the other patients on the ward. Pepper intuits a plot and once Bill finds her, they scheme to scam the scammers. Pepper charms McShane instantly into telling her all their secrets and, just as fast, a security guard quite unconvincingly blows her cover by insisting he hadn't seen her since he retired from the police force - all within earshot of Lupino. Exposed but unawares, Pepper still thinks she's undercover despite being told by an aging and suicidal lawyer in this "firm" that they're onto her. And, the revelation that she's got a badge doesn't guide them to get out of town but instead to kill her with a vat of ... Written by Ophiuchus811

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"I haven't seen Pepper since she came out as a rookie!"
28 September 2010 | by (netherregions) – See all my reviews

Pepper "foils" a purse-snatching by getting knocked-down in a parkinglot, falling in a pool and getting hit by a truck within a matter of a few seconds.

In the hospital with a rag on her head, Pepper overhears the ambulance chasers pressuring the other patients on the ward. Pepper intuits a plot and once Bill finds her, they scheme to scam the scammers.

Pepper charms Ian McShane instantly into telling her all their secrets and, just as fast, a security guard (quite unconvincingly) blows her cover by insisting he hadn't seen her since he retired from the force--- all within earshot of repressed and bitchy Ida Lupino.

Exposed but unawares, Pepper still thinks she's undercover despite being told by an aging and suicidal lawyer in this "firm" that they're onto her. And, in 1970s TV cop tradition, the revelation that she's got a badge doesn't guide them to get out of town but instead to kill her with a vat of gasoline in the trunk of a car. So when she tells the driver they're being set up for death, this being a 70s cop show, he just pushes her out the door onto the street and then angrily drives into oblivion.

Pepper then goes to the apartment of the wife of the now-dead driver (one of the firm's partner/victims) and promptly and pathetically gets shoved in a closet and the room is set on fire. Crowley being Crowley, he displays the only level of competence (his and hers) by arriving just in time, shooting the arsonist, and breaking Pepper out of the closet in the back of the smoke filled room. He then has time to bake a cake over the flames, he's just so able-bodied.

They meet Lupino in a darkened mall who starts shooting at them. Pepper being Pepper, she has no gun. An unconscious person on the floor literally trips Lupino and she falls, and is promptly arrested. By Crowley.

Pepper and Crowley show up at a "fancy" restaurant (this is the 70s, so "fancy" means no paper napkins) and arrest McShane. A joke is made about Crowley wearing a bikini, and the show ends.

This is the first episode where I remember thinking that something was now wrong with the show. But it's still breezy enough, but the Pepper-as-Incessant-Victim pattern is now arising.


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